No, I'm not referring to the lack of consistent blogging here recently, (That should start to change next week) but rather the Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jean's Weigh in/Check in Wednesdays.
Even before the new challenge was posted, I decided to jump back on the bandwagon. I need the accountability. I still want to pursue the Intuitive Eating route and I never want to be chained to the scale again. However I desperately need to break the fast food and coke cycle I've been on lately.
Today I will run 7 miles. That's my medium distance run. 16 this weekend is my long. My body needs fuel full of nutrients. My body also needs proper hydration something it hasn't been getting with my 1-2 a day Dr. K habit.
Each Wednesday I want to check in, let you know how marathon training is going as well as asking you to hold me accountable for my food choices. I'm not going to consider it a big deal if I eat a cookie after lunch, UNLESS I don't accompany it with good foods.
Like today I had a ham and cheese sandwich w/mustard on wheat bread, tortilla chips, mixed veggies w/ranch AND cookie. I consider today a success.
Monday (which was crazy because of work so I'm taking a free pass) would be considered a big fat fail. I had 2 donuts for breakfast, 3 pieces of pizza and a can of Pepsi for lunch, nachos and cheese for snack, and a corndog for dinner. Where's the fuel there?
I'm not beating myself up for it because Winterfest Kickoff (Monday's event) is the most insane day of my work year. I didn't have a lot of options available to me. Sure I could have packed a more appropriate breakfast/lunch/dinner but I didn't.
And I felt like crap for it.
I don't mean I mentally beat myself up. My body felt horrible. Like I had pumped it full of toxins and it was struggling to get rid of them.
I really think that's what I needed to get back on track. I don't think I can go so far as to say "no cokes" and "no fast food". April is right - they are my weakness and need to be limited. I've just found lately that whenever I put the "off limits" sign on something it makes it all the more attractive.
I pledge to you, but mostly to myself, that I will make sure my body's nutritional needs are met. Then and only then will I allow myself an indulgence. I am starting back meal planning - my key to successful eating. I will be thoughtful about when I don't feel like cooking (7 mile run after an 8 hour workday anyone?) and I will plan in advance.
I'm doing well so far. Baby steps. Last night we had veggies and a baked potato with chili. Tonight is Mexican Bean Soup in the crock pot. Both healthyish meals (compared to pizza rolls at least), both easy to make.
Now to our final order of business - the Sisterhood has challenged us to create our own teams for the new challenge we're starting on the 17th. I'd like to be on a team that focuses more on taking care of ourselves more than the number on the scale (though I'm confident the number will move as we put more thought into what we're putting in our bodies).
Please let me know by Monday if you're interested in being on my team. Also I'm not sure how we'd track progress. Meals planned and executed? Water drank? Miles logged? Or a variation. Even if you don't want to join a team your advice on this would be greatly appreciated!!
EDITED TO ADD:
We need 4 more team members! So far its me, Jaime, Kim, and Terri. I'd love for some of you non-sisterhood bloggy friends to get involved.